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Monthly Archives: May 2021

  1. 2021 May Newsletter
    26
    May

    2021 May Newsletter

    Recently the CEO of a major UK publishing house said in a radio interview that his company published a broad selection of views and it wasn’t their role to espouse a particular view.

    The same can’t be said for Brilliant Publications, at least when it comes to education. We have very firm ideas about how children learn. Our mission statement says that we create easy to use resources, with engaging approaches to learning, so as to inspire and motivate pupils across a wide range of curriculum areas. These values underpin everything that we do.

    Our recent title

    Our most recent title, How to Achieve Outstanding Writers in EYFS and Key Stage 1 is an excellent example of how we put our mission statement into practice. The National Curriculum puts grea

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  2. Exciting grammar
    23
    May

    Exciting grammar

    Is it really possible to make English grammar exciting, fun, enjoyable, and varied?

    By and large, English grammar tends to get a bad press.

    For a lot of everyday speech, and indeed a fair amount of contemporary literature, tends to play fast and loose with correct grammar which can make children wonder why they have to learn any grammar at all.

    After all, most of us can speak and be understood…

    However, as many people do come to realise, if we want to be listened to and have our written communications read and understood, we need to express ourselves both clearly and in an interesting way.

    Thus, perhaps more than with any other subject in the curriculum, the image of grammar really needs to be changed.  The only question is, how to do it?

    This is the task the author of “Getting to Grips with English Grammar” has put at the forefront of her course; a course which covers English grammar from year one to year six in

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  3. One man, two people, accessible to all
    20
    May

    One man, two people, accessible to all

    What is the most effective way of allowing lower ability students the chance to fully appreciate Jekyll and Hyde?

    Jekyll and Hyde is a story that appeals to vast numbers of teenagers, not least because so many of them find the notion of becoming someone else an incredibly exciting idea.

    For such a vision allows them to imagine that they are not trapped by their current circumstances but could change themselves into something and someone totally different…

    However, many lower ability students never get to appreciate the story because of the difficulties they have with reading.  Which is why we have produced a Graphic Revision Guide to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    Indeed, this Graphic Revision Guide not only gives the students immediate access to the book, it also prepares them for their forthcoming assessments. 

    The graphic sheets enable the students both to grasp the story and its themes, and to underst

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  4. Be calm.  Hold the vision.  Breathe.
    14
    May

    Be calm. Hold the vision. Breathe.

    Many primary school children are suffering from anxiety and stress.

    Not only does this condition have a negative effect on the child’s wellbeing, but it also impacts on their ability to learn.

    For, as anyone who has ever experienced anxiety and other stress-related issues will attest, in such a situation the mind tends to focus completely on the anxiety-giving issue and is not open to any input from elsewhere.

    But there is a technique that many schools are now using to help children to relax and reduce their stress levels.  What’s more, it is a technique that can benefit all children – both those suffering from anxiety and those who are not.

    The approach involves introducing them to visualisation. The calming effect this brings can help to ease their anxiety and also help them to develop their creative thinking skills.

    It can also ensure that others who do not have anxiety will be able to cope with it more readily should

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  5. Activities that will appeal to boys
    13
    May

    Activities that will appeal to boys

    How to encourage boys to engage in their learning.

    There’s no doubt that some class activities appeal more to boys than to girls. Not exclusively so, of course, but in general terms.

    And it is with this in mind that we have produced a book of 170 practical teaching ideas and strategies that will appeal to boys.

    The book includes information on how to integrate visual and kinaesthetic activities into your lessons and harness the learning approach that boys tend to use more than girls.

    Take, for example, this lesson:

    The teacher reads out a passage which contains deliberate mistakes. As they listen the pupils note the errors and write down the correct facts instead. Pupils could then indicate the correct answers either by voting with a show of hands for the correct answer or by using their personal whiteboards to all display the correct answers together.

    It is an activity which any pupil can engage in, but is one that de

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